Whether or not you have a license, if you are driving while sick, you are putting yourself in danger. No one enjoys driving intoxicated, so why would you want to drive drunk, and do so while sick? Even those who drive while sober, for example, those with prescriptions to lower their blood sugar, experience headaches, nausea, vomiting, and/or feelings of fatigue when they are sick. All feel considerably worse when they are sick, and if you drive while sick, you put yourself in that same situation.
Regardless, of whether or not you are on medication, driving while sick is dangerous. Certainly, certain health conditions can make driving incredibly dangerous and taking medication to lower your blood sugar while driving can make it even more dangerous.
If you are driving, you need to stay alert for any symptoms including dizziness, blurred vision, and/or high blood sugar. If you suspect that you are driving while intoxicated, it is a good idea to stop at a rest area, call for an ambulance, or notify the local authorities. A doctor’s appointment to test your blood sugar levels is necessary before taking any medications.
If you become unable to drive, the consequences of being off the road can be quite serious. The cost of accidents due to driving while sick is often expensive. The cost to a hospital can run into the millions of dollars and even cause a patient to lose one or more limbs. It is also important to know that people who are driving while sick have the same risks as those who are not, so even if you have not had an accident because of the illness, you should still avoid driving if you are likely to be sick before the day ends.
If you are driving, be sure to drive safely. Remember that a DUI or DWI can lead to much longer jail time and much higher fines than you might imagine. As with alcohol itself, the longer you drive while ill, the greater the risk. If you have a history of driving under the influence, you need to make sure you can drive safely, even while sick.
Another tip to remember while driving while sick is that your decision-making power is impaired. While you cannot drive, you can certainly refuse to take risks or decide how you want to be treated, and how you want to be treated in any event, for instance, a ride home. Even a minor inconvenience, such as not being able to park your car, can lead to major inconveniences if you are not alert enough to your decision-making capacity to make decisions for yourself.
If you find yourself not being able to drive, do not get too much sleep, and do not drive until your body gets back to full strength. Make a plan to get home as soon as possible. If you are driving, do not drink alcohol, but if you are able, have someone with you that having the same problem that you do to keep you alert, as well as a phone to contact 911 or the police. It is always a good idea to make arrangements to have a ride home with the police or ambulance.
Do Not Drink and Drive
Lastly, do not drink and drive! It is never worth putting yourself in a worse situation than you have to, especially when you have to drive and not be able to drive!
The importance of avoiding driving while sick can not be stressed enough. This is the last thing you would want to do, so be sure to take proper precautions to help you get around the country and the world if this is the case.
When driving, you should not take unnecessary chances, but rather be sure to stay on the road. You may want to call for assistance if you feel like you could not drive anymore, especially if you begin to feel sick or dizzy. If you have ever been in a car accident while under the influence of alcohol, you may feel like you can not drive at all.
There are some other important things to remember when you have to take care of yourself while driving. Remember to look up road signs, to be alert, and to always be alert for any emergency help in the event you need it.